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Sally Madiba

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Sally is a medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, having been a first-generation college graduate from Botswana. Sally received her B.A. in Biochemistry with a minor in East Asian studies from Occidental College, Los Angeles. She took advantage of all opportunities afforded her in college, singing in the choir, dancing in the annual student-led Dance Production, and being one of the founding members of the African Student Association. She also found time to study abroad, spending a semester at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and volunteering at an orphanage during her time there. Sally was lucky to find mentors in college, one of whom she conducted research with for 2 years – working on the construction and efficient expression of a more stable factor VIII protein to be used in replacement therapy for hemophilia A patients. After college, Sally spent a year in Cleveland teaching 3 rd and 4 th grade science part time, and volunteering as a research assistant in the Infectious Disease department at MetroHealth Medical Center. She then had an opportunity to join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Institute for 2 years before medical school, where she worked on HIV/AIDS research as part of a prevention project that was ongoing in her home country, Botswana. In medical school, Sally has been involved in free student-run clinics, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), as well as You can reach out to Sally if you have any questions about applying to medical schools in the U.S., finding mentors and cultivating mentor-mentee relationships, living away from family for more than a decade while pursuing your dream, or anything else that you might have questions about.

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